Two trailblazing stars of the Australian music scene survey the forces that have shaped their way.
TZU’s Joelistics and ARIA-nominated producer James Mangohig are icons of Australian hip-hop, but their family histories are as complex and layered as their lyrics. Both half-Asian, their respective heritages are woven through their experiences growing up in Australia.
From a nightclub-owning grandma in an open marriage to globetrotting parents with a political streak, the pair lovingly paint a canvas filled with failed proposals and religious strictures, casual racism and empowerment through music.
In Between Two comprises two charismatic performers telling their stories through live music performance and spoken word against a backdrop of two screens which carry mapped projections of photographs, graphics, video and home movie footage. Joel and James also operate and play all musical instruments including an electric keyboard, electric bass guitar, acoustic guitar, electric stand-up bass, two samplers plus effects units.